30 May 2008

We are alive

Last night was a very intense night at our home. Chad, Calla, and I were under the basement steps for around 1/2 hour as strong storms tore through our neighborhood. Our street had lots of damage and our house was included. A house 2 blocks west had no roof left and a laywers office one block east had part of its roof torn off as well. We lost lots of shingles on the south side of our house and a broken window to Calla bedroom. Our mailbox was torn off and Calla's little tikes castle is still missing. My in-laws and other family were there in a hour after it happened and our roof had tar paper covering it again before nightfall. We walked around the neighborhood a bit last night and think that by the look of several trees a tornado was present. The trees are twisted and mangled and not as a result of high winds only. Things could have been much worse and we are very thankful we only had as much damage as we do have. Our call was made this morning to the insurance adjustor and hopefully we will be good as new again soon. Thanks for all of the calls and texts letting us know you were thinking of us. It is hard to believe that this could really happen to my family again. Thankfully we serve an all knowing Father and only he knows the way of our lives.

Here is a part of our roof and the damage it sustained.

Our front porch: notice the crooked railing, the missing mailbox and the broken window

The Stop sign.

Calla's bedroom window...it only broke through the first pane of glass.

The funky clouds around 8:30PM

18 May 2008

Another week gone by...

Chad and Calla had a great week without me. :-( I learned many new things and definitely will be better at my career b/c of it! I got to see Bodies Revealed which is something I have wanted to see for several years now...AMAZING! It is real human bodies and body parts they they plastify so that people can learn how the body works. Go to www.bodiesrevealed.com to learn more.
We went on a bike ride yesterday and ended up out in a wooded area by a creek and I had my camera, so I took some cool pics!
I also ask that you continue to pray for my friend Stephanie and her mom Cheryl and the rest of their family. Cheryl has surgery tomorrow and will begin chemo a few weeks after that. She has a battle ahead of her, but like many of you she knows Our Maker and He will be with her and her family every step of the way. What an awesome God we serve!
We also had to say good-bye to some friends of ours this weekend. Eric and Amanda are moving to Lincoln and we will miss hanging out with them and becoming better Christians by talking with them.
Have a grand week!

Calla and Elly with our friend Amanda.

Chad and Calla on the path in the woods.

Calla in the tall grass. She fell down and had some scratches on her face...nice job mom.

A family close-up!

Calla on the path...she loved walking around!

12 May 2008

Prayers needed

A close friend of mine has learned today that her mother has breast cancer. I do not want to name any names at this point, but just ask that you keep them in your prayers. Thanks!

11 May 2008

Happy Mother's Day--2008

We wanted to wish a Happy Mother's Day to Grandma Karma, Grandma Julie, Great Grandma Mona, Great Grandma Bernice, Great Grandma Lorene, and Great Grandma Carolyn!!! Any other mother's who are reading this, we also wish you a happy day where you are thanked for all of the great things you do for your children!!!

We also wanted to share some new pics from this week. We have been taking lots of bike rides and Calla LOVES to ride in her cart on Daddy's bike. We also take the wagon to the park to play disc golf quite a bit. Calla spent the night at Grandpa Mike and Grandma Karma's on Friday so that Chad and I could go to a retirement party. She had a great time!! We also went to a graduation party and a birthday party...busy Saturday!!

Chillin in her new car seat.

Posing in the flowers this morning.

Going for a bike ride!!!

Check out Calla's curly hair...this is what it looks like when she gets out of the bath!!!

02 May 2008

It's been awhile...

Here are some new pictures from the last week or so!

Hanging out on the front porch.

We gave her a bath in our new extra large kitchen sink! She loved it!!

Cleaning out the pantry...it was SO MUCH FUN!!